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Everything Harder Than Everyone Else

Where does hedonism end and endurance begin? That was the question that rose to the surface of the excitingly murky

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Are These Seven Common Cognitive Distortions Holding You Back?

Have you ever made a small social snafu, only to become obsessed with how bad it made you look? Maybe

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“Please Advertise Responsibly”

“Please smoke responsibly.” When was the last time you saw an advertisement requesting that? Most likely never. The vast majority

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Ethanol Abuse: What You Should Know

Most people who have struggled with alcohol abuse can name their poison — maybe beer, or wine, or a cool

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In Pillness and in Health: A Memoir

Chapter 4: FIORINAL 2008 It was hard to determine what Kevin knew about my increasing binging. He was starting to

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Treatment Should Start by Addressing Core Issues. Here’s Why.

The traditional approach to substance abuse treatment is simple: walk into a 12-step meeting, and accept that you are powerless.

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Explaining Intergenerational Trauma

Consider your family tree. Can you see places where it is bent or broken? Perhaps you can see where the

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First Responders Need Help, Too

The tumultuous events of the last year – political unrest, the coronavirus, and even the 20th anniversary of the terrorist

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When Places Are Tainted by Memories

“When I walked in there my eyes went straight to that table in the corner where they were sitting. I

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How Dangerous Is One Day Detox?

For individuals struggling with opiate dependence, detox and, subsequently, withdrawal symptoms can be the first step in gaining freedom. Successful

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Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria: What You Should Know About ‘Emotional Sunburn’

Almost everyone is familiar with the sensation of sunburn. After a day of splashing and fun at the beach, you’re

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A Letter to Friends in Recovery

I am writing in the dark, by hand, hoping my words make sense tomorrow morning. The light of the screen

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Chapter 6: The Thrush’s Song

After a man in my small Vermont town who had a heroin addiction committed suicide, I began asking questions about

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Havana syndrome fits the pattern of psychosomatic illness – but that doesn’t mean the symptoms aren’t real

In early September 2021, a CIA agent was evacuated from Serbia in the latest case of what the world now

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Dear William: A Father's Memoir of Addiction, Recovery, Love, and Loss

The officer standing in the doorway raised his arm when I stepped forward, blocking my entrance to my son’s apartment.

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Individual dietary choices can add – or take away – minutes, hours and years of life

Vegetarian and vegan options have become standard fare in the American diet, from upscale restaurants to fast-food chains. And many

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